Welcome to 8th Science with Ms. Gregory
Welcome! In 8th Science, we will explore (in much more depth) concepts you studied in both 6th and 7th science. Additionally, we will do STEM as we work on four engineering design tasks throughout the year. We will begin with an engineering design task and then move right into our two chemistry units (structure of the atom, periodic table, equations, and reactions). Next, we will research how Earth’s rotation and revolution cause both day/night as well as seasons. From there we will move into the role of our oceans and weather. Finally in our fall semester, we will complete a unit on ecology. In our second semester, we will study physics (force and motion), Earth science (Earth's changing surface), astronomy (components of the universe), and finish with Worth the Wait. Also in our second semester we will take and succeed our 8th grade STAAR science test. It’s going to be a busy and fun year in science! And by the end, you will be more than ready for the challenges of high school science.
60% Tests and Major Projects
25% Quizzes and Labs
15% Daily Work and Homework
In an effort to minimize homework, the majority of assignments will be completed in class. This means students need to use their time wisely in class, otherwise they will have to complete assignments on their own time. Any homework assigned is designed to complement and extend knowledge learned in class. Any daily work or homework that is late is 20 points off. Assignments must be turned in BEFORE a unit is complete in order to receive credit.
In middle school, it is the student's responsibility to ask teachers for absent / missed work. On the day a student returns to class, they should ask their teachers about what they missed as well as ask for assignments unless other arrangements have been made. Students who are absent will have an equal number of days to make up work and earn full credit. If a student misses a lab, they need to set up a time to complete the lab or request an alternate assignment.
Make-Up Work and Late Work Policy
Students are responsible for collecting absent work when they return (a bin will contain absent work). Students will have an equal number of days to make up work and still receive full credit. If a lab is missed, a time will need to be set up before or after school to complete the lab.
All assignments must be turned in before the final assessment/project for that unit to receive credit. Major projects will receive a 10 point deduction if turned in late. 20 points will be deducted for late homework, labs, and daily work.
Mondays (3:30 pm to 4:30 pm)
Tuesdays (7:45 am to 8:10 am) or by appointment
1. Be Safe.
2. Be Responsible.
3. Be Respectful.
4. Be Involved.
Supplies Needed for Science